For ‘Say Her Name,’ Janelle Monae enlists the help of Beyonce and Alicia Keys.
Janelle Monáe has a new album out.
On Friday, the 35-year-old singer and actress released the tune “Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)” along with a lyric video.
The song, which opposes police violence against Black women and girls, was co-written by Monáe, the African American Policy Forum, and Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw.
Crenshaw, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Chlöe x Halle, Zoe Kravitz, Tierra Whack, and MJ Rodriguez are among the 15 other Black female musicians and activists featured in the 17-minute song.
In a statement, Monáe said, “We are proud to stand with the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName Mothers Network and Kimberlé Crenshaw as we memorialize the Black women and girls who lost their lives at the hands of police.”
“We applaud #SayHerName’s tireless efforts over the years to assist these mothers get justice for their daughters. This task is too essential to be done alone, and it can only be sustained if we all speak up,” she continued. “As daughters ourselves, we take up this call to action in the hopes of creating a society where stories like this are no longer typical. “This is a call to arms.”
The group’s goal, according to Monáe, is to “pay tribute to the innumerable Black women and girls” who have perished, as well as “their moms who have suffered this unfathomable loss.”
“They are significant. Their surnames are significant. Their tales are important. And justice must be done,” she added. “May we all resolve to defending Black women and girls, as well as implementing systemic changes to protect our sisters from police abuse of power. Please join us and use the hashtag #SayHerName.”
Monáe’s most recent single, “Stronger,” was released in July for the Netflix series We the People.
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